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Old 06-26-2009, 05:06 AM   #1
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car key left in accessory position

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does leaving the key in the accessory position drain the battery? i have found my battery discharged after leaving the key in the accessory position
for a couple of days.

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Old 06-26-2009, 05:08 AM   #2
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thanks yarisworld and those who post for giving yaris (vios) owners a venue for learning and discovering stuff.

does leaving the key in the accessory position drain the battery? i have found my battery discharged after leaving the key in the accessory position
for a couple of days.

thanks.
that will be running battery power to the stereo, which will use a little power even when the stereo itself is off... so, yes
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Old 06-26-2009, 09:47 AM   #3
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i have found my battery discharged after leaving the key in the accessory position
for a couple of days.

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Why would you want to do that?

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Old 06-26-2009, 10:42 AM   #4
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that will be running battery power to the stereo, which will use a little power even when the stereo itself is off... so, yes
which means it drains power when the accessory is OFF too..

because the radio has constant power to keep it's memory.

if the radio is off it's not what's draining your battery. it's all the ACC relays that are ON that's doing it.
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Old 06-26-2009, 01:26 PM   #5
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The radio just gets a standby voltage when in OFF, but is actually full powered in ACC and ON?

Anyway yes, whatever ACCessories are juiced up in ACC mode will obviously drain the battery...
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Old 06-26-2009, 08:45 PM   #6
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thanks for the replies. now i know better. i guess this wasn't so much a problem with older cars which weren't too electronic back then.
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Old 06-27-2009, 08:32 PM   #7
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Yes the ACC position powers your stereo, and and a few other circuits are live. Been there, done that had the battery drained so much that the car would crank slowly but not start cause the voltage must have been low enough that the fuel ejectors don't function. my jump pack took care of it. Ron
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Old 06-28-2009, 01:37 AM   #8
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i don't understand why one would leave their car keys in the ignition.
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Old 06-28-2009, 07:16 AM   #9
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My wife's long had a habit of doing that when it's shut in the garage, because she can't keep up with the key.
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Old 06-30-2009, 09:58 PM   #10
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i leave the keys in the ignition when the car is parked securely in the garage. makes it easier to just hop in, start the engine and go. normally, it would be in the OFF position, but sometimes I'd listen to the radio and forget to turn the key to the OFF
position again.

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Old 06-30-2009, 11:20 PM   #11
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i leave the keys in the ignition when the car is parked securely in the garage. makes it easier to just hop in, start the engine and go. normally, it would be in the OFF position, but sometimes I'd listen to the radio and forget to turn the key to the OFF
position again.

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Old 07-02-2009, 01:19 PM   #12
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better to turn your car off than replacing the battery every week..
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